Geek Goes to BookCon 2014: A BookWorm’s Review

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The spirit of the geek can be found practically everywhere, from comic books to films, but one of our personal favorite has and will always be books. So imagine our delight when Reed POP, the folks responsible for New York Comic Con and C2E2 threw a pop cultural infused book convention called Book Con, and Geek got a front row seat.

The spirit of the geek can be found practically everywhere, from comic books to films, but one of our personal favorite has and will always be books. So imagine our delight when Reed POP, the folks responsible for New York Comic Con and C2E2 threw a pop cultural infused book convention called Book Con, and Geek got a front row seat.

 

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This being the very first annual BookCon, it was headlined with some pretty major heavy hitter authors and celebs such as Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians series), Veronica Roth (Divergent) and even the world’s most furriest wet blanket, Grumpy Cat. And like all cons of this magnitude it was full of exciting industry news.  Celebrating every kind of book – from Amy Poehler’s upcoming, Yes Please to Stan Lee’s newest children’s novel, Zodiac, the con covers a wide variety to appease your inner (who’re we kidding, your outer) bookworm. So what’s one to do at a BookCon? Well, we started the morning at Stan Lee’s Zodiac panel because…well he’s the Godfather of comics. Duh!

The Javits center in NY is huge, couple that with the a trade floor full of  world renowned publishers and a panel packed with amazing authors, and decision making becomes the biggest challenge here. From a geek aspect, cons are an incredible way to feel out the world of the geekdom. BookCon may be the first con, but it was cultivated with multiple pop cultural interests, a majority of these being the Book-to-Movie films such as the Fault in Our Stars and Divergent, which held the biggest panels at the Cons.

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Highlights

Stan Lee’s Zodiac: A panel with the godfather of comics alone was bound to send us over the moon, but hearing that Stan’s back in action with an illustrated kid’s novel hooked our curiosity. Filled with his normal hijinks and laughs, Stan tackled multiple issues in the world of comics, and was responsible for one of our favorite quotes to come out of the panel.

Entertainment is important. It’s one of the greatest services you can give to the world.

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Lunch with Amy Poehler & Martin Short: By far one of our favorite panels at the Con, Amy and Martin discussed Poehler’s latest book Yes Please. And from the looks of this panel, she won’t fail to disappoint, or to make you wet your pants. Politics, SNL, her pregnancy and family life, the SNL vet delivered on some authentic life truths and we can’t wait till her book hits shelves in October. And Martin Short was – well, nothing short of fabulous.

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Official Book Con App: Working as both a social media app and a directory, the beauty of this app was the level of attendee interaction. Wanna know where to find the Grumpy Cat booth? Or where to stalk Jason Segel before his panel? Look no further than your phone, as both the directory and other users clue you in on BookCon’s latest. It even served as an awesome way to mingle with fellow book worms,

Free Books: Ok, not all of them we’re free, but if you walked around the con floor enough there were multiple authors handing samples of their latest work. If you were lucky enough, you got signed books and face time with the authors from the panels – and though we lacked face time with Stan The Man, we did receive an autographed copy of the Zodiac preview book.

A Conversation about Fiction & Fantasy with Deborah Harkness and Lev Grossman: Deborah of A Discovery of Witches series and Lev of The Magicians series hosted an intimate panel on the intricacies of fantasy based in reality, as well as new aged fantasy for the adult reader. If you’re not reading either of these series and you’re a post-Harry Potter fan, then you’re seriously missing out.

Overall BookCon was a massive success. The possibilities for new talent are endless here – could you imagine if they booked George R.R. Martin for next years? (All of course contingent on his completion of Winds of Winter) Either way, we’re already looking forward to next years BookCon, hope to see you there!


 Images: Official BookCon Photos

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